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What is the best way to store and back up video footage?
Answer: I might be one of the worst people to ask about how to e;ciently store and backup
data—not because I don’t but because my plan is the definition of overkill. My plan is not the most
e;cient or economical, but it does allow me to sleep better at night. I move all my media to a 10TB
protected RAID, clone the camera media to an SSD drive temporarily, and upload the camera files to
a cloud service.
When it comes to backing up files, there are many options. Most people I know simply plug in
their media cards to their computer, select all, drag and drop to their local or to a removable hard
drive, and shelve it when it gets full. ;ey’re putting a lot of faith in that hard drive to be there for
them when they need it. ;ere are much better ways to accomplish this task without much e;ort.
If your footage is for a paying client and you’re going to stick with the drag-and-drop strategy, then
you should at least keep the media on the original camera card until the job is complete.
If I were only allowed to select one option, my preferred method would have to be to upload
content to a secure cloud environment, such as Amazon Cloud Drive, Google Drive, iCloud, or even
Dropbox. Of all those options, Amazon Cloud Drive is the best option. It’s roughly $60 per year for
unlimited storage; you just have to supply the patience or the bandwidth.
;ere are tools available to help you with the backup process. ShotPut Pro is one of the tools
of choice for on-set data management, and DaVinci Resolve o;ers a clone feature with tools to
check to make sure the files copied to your hard drive are an exact copy of the source media. Your
operating system of choice even o;ers ways to create an image of the source media files onto a
destination drive of your choice. For example, you can use disk utilities in OS X to make an exact
image of your media on your Mac and even password-protect it.
Robert Rodriguez, founder, Society of Aerial Cinematography K
Where can I get inexpensive
music for my drone videos?
it comes to adding
music to your videos,
you have to be careful
about your selection,
not just creatively
but legally. You don’t
want to infringe on
any copyrights and
risk having your video
taken down or, worse,
being served a lawsuit.
;e good news is that
you have a ton of options. A quick Internet search
of the phrase “Royalty-Free Music” will result in
multiple hits, o;ering you some great music—
with and without lyrics—that you can use free of
charge. Google even has its own Creator Studio
Audio Library, which allows you to audition tracks
and download them right from your web browser.
Google has clear information on how you can use
the tracks, including how to properly attribute the
music used and about monetizing your video.
royalty-free music. Some services allow you
to use the music for free as long as you’re not
making any money from the video on which it’s
Robert Rodriguez, founder, Society of Aerial
;e Audio Library on You Tube o ;ers royalty-free music
for your projects. In most cases, all you need to do is
include credit and links in the video description.
External drives, like
up your files. Smaller
portable ones, like the
blue Transcend (front),
can be used to back up
files on location.